SC alters Lodha’s BCCI proposals

The Supreme Court has finalised the new Constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), rejecting the ‘one State-one vote’ recommendation of the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee and altering the cooling-off period for cricket bosses.

Softening the rigour of the recommendations, a three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, on Thursday disagreed with Justice Lodha that cricket could prosper only if the BCCI was represented by every State and Union Territory. The former CJI had relegated cricket associations to the status of associate members.

Instead, the court restored full BCCI memberships to three associations in Gujarat and Maharashtra each. They are the Maharashtra, Mumbai and Vidarbha cricket associations in the State of Maharashtra and the Baroda and Saurashtra cricket associations in the State of Gujarat.

“To utilise territoriality as a basis of exclusion is problematic because it ignores history and the contributions made by such associations to the development of cricket and its popularity,” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who wrote the judgment, reasoned.

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